Apparently, it’s cool for the football writers to take shots at me and at girls volleyball. But it’s OK. I’ll keep this love fest going with another post.
So I thought I tell you about the first time I saw Tarah Murrey play. She was side-by-side with older sister Brittney at the Albany Tournament back in 2004. My initial thought was, “Wow, these girls are mad good.” It didn’t take a volleyball expert – or a rocket scientist — to figure that one out. I approached her for an interview afterward and it seemed Tarah, at 6-foot-3, towered over me (I’m 6-feet tall, mind you). I seriously thought she was a senior. It turns out she was just a freshman. Jeff Barnes, Albany’s coach at the time, and then-Panthers’ Jon Segall told me everyone knew of Tarah since she was a seventh grader. I had no clue. (Of course this was way before the Albany incident.)
On Monday, Tarah orally committed to Cal. She was sick with a cold and still took time to talk to me about it. I had been pestering her for the last two years about calling me the minute she decided. She apologized (she didn’t have to) for not telling me sooner, not knowing her mother had left me a message on my work phone. That’s the type of person she is. Everyone she meets likes her. John Tawa of PrepVolleyball.com made it a point to say on his site how Tarah is such a nice person. She also knows when to lead and when to follow. She’s usually the best player in the gym but you couldn’t tell because she has no ego. She didn’t have to play high school volleyball this season but did because the team needed her and she loves playing with her friends.
Tarah could’ve gone almost anywhere she wanted. She said last month that her top three choices were Nebraska, UCLA and Cal. Those are currently the No. 1, No. 5 and No. 9 teams in the country respectively.
Like most athletes, she said she was glad the recruiting process was finally over. It helped that sister Brittney, a setter at UC Riverside, gave her blessing.
Said Tarah: “She was like ‘Tarah you should go to Cal. I want you to go to UCLA, but I can totally see you at Cal.’”
Bears coach Rich Feller should send Brittney a Thank You card.
WELL SPOKEN: Foothill’s Betsy Sedlak is such a graceful interview. She’s smart, articulate and humble and those are great qualities.
When asked about the MVP race in the EBAL, after the Falcons had lost to Sophia Dunworth and Amador Valley, she had this to say about the split crowd at Foothill chanting MVP for each player:
“I think there are so many people in this league that deserve the MVP spot,” Sedlak said. “There are great players on every team. I mean, Sophie is amazing. She’s a wonderful player.”
– Ricardo Sanchez Jr.
EAST BAY COACHES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL POLL (6)
1) Amador Valley (Sophomore MB Grace Vickers puts up 7 blocks in win over Foothill)
2) Carondelet (will cruise until they face Liberty and DV)
3) Deer Valley (needs to beat Liberty on Tuesday)
4) Bishop O’Dowd (Keeps on winning, what else is new?)
5) Foothill (couldn’t get it together against Amador Valley)
6) Albany (waiting for the BSAL playoffs to start)
7) Monte Vista (a nightmare stretch: 3-straight losses to AV, Foot, SRV)
8) San Ramon Valley (big win over Monte Vista to take 3rd place in EBAL)
9) Las Lomas (face Acalanes on Oct. 25, the Dons took Campo to five)
10) Castro Valley (hasn’t dropped one since losing to BOD)
Other receiving votes — Campolindo